The psychosocial impact on society of the COVID-19 epidemic

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The issues of psychosocial and other impact of COVID-19 on the epidemiological specificity of the disease are considered in the interests of effective medical, psychological and social interventions to preserve the epidemiological well-being in society during the period of the COVID-19. It is shown that the spread of this disease had a sharply negative impact on the economy, in particular, of our country, since for a long time certain industries that served as sources of budget revenues were “paralyzed”, and the population’s ability to pay sharply decreased, the volume of financial inflows into the service sector decreased, which is reflected in the field of public health. Therefore, within the framework of the anti-crisis COVID-19 measures, one can single out such areas as education, employment, support for vulnerable groups and information support, which are carried out in various countries based on the existing practices, methods and financial capabilities. In addition, the fact that the current outbreak of COVID-19 provokes stigmatization and discriminatory behavior of society towards representatives of certain ethnic groups, as well as towards people suspected of having contact with carriers of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection, is of great epidemiological significance. The widespread prevalence of COVID-19 is believed to be not a pandemic, but a syndemia (not just comorbidity, but an integration that identifies biological and social interactions important for prognosis, treatment and health policy), characterized by biological and social interactions between conditions and conditions, interactions that increase a person’s susceptibility to harm or worsen their health. Thus, in the case of COVID-19, the fight against non-communicable diseases (hypertension, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases, cancer, snake bites, epilepsy, kidney disease and sickle cell anemia) and socioeconomic inequality will also become a prerequisite for its successful containment.

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Vasily N. Bolekhan

Military Medical Academy named after S.M. Kirov

Author for correspondence.
Email: vmeda-nio@mil.ru

doctor of medical, sciences associate professor

Russian Federation, Saint Petersburg

Igor M. Ulyukin

Military Medical Academy named after S.M. Kirov

Email: vmeda-nio@mil.ru

candidate of medical sciences

Russian Federation, Saint Petersburg

Ekaterina V. Shulyatyeva

Military Medical Academy named after S.M. Kirov

Email: vmeda-nio@mil.ru

doctor

Russian Federation, Saint Petersburg

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